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Several SCO alumni were in the spotlight at the SECO 2020 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia held in early March. Among those who were publicly recognized:
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CDR Emily J. Sprague, OD '04, was recently recognized as Navy Medicine's Senior Optometrist of the Year for 2019. She is currently stationed at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital where she serves as the Director for Clinical Support Services, leading a team of more than 500 personnel across Radiology, Pharmacy, Pathology, Public Health, Medical Readiness, and Virtual Health service lines.
In 2013, Dr. Sprague received Southern College of Optometry's Young Alumni Award, in recognition of a commitment to service, leadership, and support of the college’s mission.
Mason Edward “Ed” White, OD, '77, was recently named the 2019 Optometrist of the Year by the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians (WVAOP). The Optometrist of the Year is awarded to an outstanding Optometrist that demonstrates outstanding leadership skills when serving their profession, their patients, and their community. The WVAOP recognizes a deserving Optometrist for exceptional performance on behalf of the profession.
After graduating with honors from SCO in 1977, Dr. White opened his practice, White Eye Care Center, in downtown Logan, WV. He currently is on the Logan County Board of Education. He is a former member and Past President of the West Virginia Board of Optometry. He is a founding member of the Logan and Mingo Child Advocacy Center. He is a past member and board of advisors for WECAN (Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect). He is on the Board of Trustees for the Logan Regional Medical Center. He is Vice Chairman of the Southern WV Community and Technical College Board of Governors. He is a board member of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. He was on the School Improvement Board, PTO President and Basketball Coach for Justice Grade School. He was a coach for Logan Little League and Logan Senior Little League. He was Vice President of the West Virginia Blues Society.
Dr. Mark Cinalli, President of the WVAOP said, “We are extremely happy to have Dr. White as a member of our Association. He is one of the most passionate and dedicated doctors to serve our Association. It is fitting that he won Optometrist of the Year.”
Dr. White accepted his award at the 2019 Annual Congress meeting held in Charleston, West Virginia on November 2nd. The WVAOP is comprised of Optometrists from all 55 counties of West Virginia. The WVAOP now counts over 180 Optometrists as members.
SCO is accepting nominations for honorary degrees to recognize distinguished ODs and other individuals to be recognized at the college's 2020 commencement ceremony. Recipients must be of sufficient stature and character as to honor the college; anonymous submissions will not be accepted.
Specific criteria must include at least two of these:
Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to Academic Affairs (Honorary Degrees), c/o SCO, 1245 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, or emailed to [email protected]. The deadline is December 31, 2019.
Two SCO alumni were recently honored by the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA).
Mike Weeden, OD, ’92 was named the 2019 James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year and Megan Lott, OD, ’06 was named the 2019 Optometrist Community Service Award. The association presents these awards annually to recognize significant contributions to the profession of optometry and the general public.
Dr. Weeden is in private practice in Corinth and New Albany and has donated his services to provide vision screenings for various community groups and is an active participant in MOA’s 3rd grade reading initiative for those who did not pass the third grade statewide reading test. Over the course of his career, he has served as president of the MOA and chaired several MOA committees. He represents Mississippi as the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Federal Advocacy Representative.
Dr. Lott opened Mississippi’s first full-time vision therapy practice in Hattiesburg in 2016 and a satellite clinic in Jackson in 2018. These clinics serve pediatric and acquired brain-injured patients and provide neuro-visual therapy. In 2019, she became the first Mississippi female to be named a Fellow of the College of Visual Development and only the second Mississippian in 48 years. Her mentor, Dr. W.C. Maples, was the first and only Fellow prior to that time. Her community service activities reflect her commitment to advocating for children’s vision. These include conducting vision screenings at Head Start, area schools, and community health fairs.
Congratulations to Doctors Weeden and Lott on their latest accomplishments!